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[week-ling] /ˈwik lɪŋ/
a person who is physically or morally weak.
weak; not strong.
Origin of weakling
First recorded in 1520-30; weak + -ling1
1. milksop, chicken, namby-pamby. Unabridged
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  • So, hearing the ways of Po-yi, the fool grows honest, and the weakling's purpose stands.'

  • His strong arms and legs and powerful neck show that he is no weakling.

  • To think that he should have taken up with such a weakling as Susan Posey!

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • I asked, arousing from this unmanly despair which played me for a weakling.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • The high silk hat is among bells what the weakling is among men of conviction.

  • The weakling smiled across the table at the wife with the soft eyes.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "Aw, let go," said Sebastian savagely, for he was no weakling.

    Jennie Gerhardt Theodore Dreiser
  • And it was the small, weakling steward that brought it about.

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
British Dictionary definitions for weakling


a person or animal that is lacking in strength or weak in constitution or character
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for weakling

1520s, coined by Tyndale from weak as a loan-translation of Luther's Weichling "effeminate man," from German weich "soft" (see weak).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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